Green party renews call for electoral donation law overhaul

News 27/08/2019

Green Party Justice spokesperson Golriz Gharharman tells Magic Talk Drive that the Green Party are renewing calls for an overhaul of New Zealand's electoral donation laws following the "deeply alarming" revelation of a $150,000 donation to National from a Chinese owned, New Zealand-based, company.

The Chinese-owned company, Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry NZ, is owned by billionaire racing mogul Lang Lin, who according to NZME, met with then-Foreign Minister Todd McClay in 2016. 

Golriz tells Magic Talk that she is "not impressed" and that it is "probably quite a shock to most people that we don't have caps [on donations]."

The type of money coming into our political system is astounding.

Gharharman goes on to describe the donation as "concerning" and expresses confidence that the Minister for Justice Andrew Little is also concerned with foreign interference and ballooning political donations.

On the question as to whether there is any criticism to level at National as there was no law broken Golriz says, "well if you look at the circumstances, you have a Minister of the Crown, potentially travelling and courting foreign billionaires for his own political party."

I don't think most Kiwis would like that all, whether it's legal or not.

You can watch the full interview above.